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Race Walking Executive Committee Annual Meeting

DECEMBER 4, 2002
In Attendance: Cheryl Rellinger, Michael Roth, Steve Vaitones, Curt Clausen, Philip Dunn, Bob Bowman, Shirley Clemons and Dan Pierce

The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.

The minutes of the 2001 executive committee meeting were approved as corrected.

  • Laurie Robertson has resigned as the race walk representative to the Official’s Committee. Ron Daniel has replaced him.
  • Steve Pecinovsky is the national team coordinator.
  • Ginger Mulanax resigned as the race walk representative on the Associations Committee.
  • Ginger Mulanax is the Officials Committee representative on the Race Walk Committee.
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  • The newsletter will be emailed to the Race Walk Committee and provided as a link on the national website for the race walk community in general.
  • Bob Bowman was asked and accepted heading up the Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Indoor national standards are set at 22:00 for the men’s 5k and 14:30 for women’s 3k.
  • Outdoor national standards – men A 1:36, B 1:40; women A 1:48, B 1:50.
  • 2004 Olympic Trials 50k standard 4:45.
  • 2004 Olympic Trials 20k standards for men A 1:30, B 1:33, and the women we are recommending the A standard 1:45 and for the B standard 1:48. The qualifying time January 1, 2002 to July 1, 2004, limiting the field size to 18 competitors.
  • The $1,000 stipend for travel and housing for the Olympic Trials can be obtained in one of three ways: 1) listed in the top 50 in the world for qualifying period January 1, 2003 through July 1, 2004; be one of the top 10 entry marks; or 3) finish in the top eight at the Olympic Trials. The 50k athletes will be treated the same.
  • The 2003 Pan Am 20k will be contested in Chula Vista, California and the 50k will be held in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • NARI and the San Diego USA Track & Field will host a National 30k Championship on January 25, 2003.
2003 Pan Am Cup US Team Selection:
  • US Teams will be selected from rank order performance lists January 1, 2002 to February 16, 2003.
  • The US will field 5 person A and B teams for all events, if sufficient numbers of athletes meet the performance standards. The US will field a smaller B team if an insufficient number of athletes have met the performance standards.
  • In order to represent the USA on either the A or B team, athletes must have achieved the following standards: 20k men 1:36; 20k women 1:48; 50k men 4:45.
  • In the 50k event if fewer than 10 athletes are available from the performance lists, additional team members may be selected from rank order finish at the 2003 USATF National 30k Championship. However, in order to be named to the team, athletes must have a sub 2:45:00 finishing time for the 30k.
  • Athletes selected to the A team will receive full uniforms, airfare, room and board.
  • Athletes selected to the B team will be provided a USA racing singlet and shorts, room and board.
  • Any athlete not on the USA A team that finishes among the top 5 US performers and meets the team representation performance standards at the competition will receive reimbursement for advance purchase economy airfare to the event.
  • Athletes must declare their intent to compete in the event by February 17, 2003.
  • Male athletes eligible for both teams must declare their event by February 17, 2003. While an athlete may participate in both the 20k and 50k events, they can only represent the US in one event.
  • Athletes not names to US teams may still compete unattached or represent their USATF clubs at the Pan Am Cup races if they have met the following entry standards: 20k men 15; 20k women 2:00; 50k men 5:00.
2003 USATF 50k National Team Selection
  • The 2003 50k national teams will be selected in rank order from a January 1, 2003 to June 30, 2003 performance list (referred to as 2003 performance list below).
  • All performances must be made in bona fide race walking competitions, meeting IAAF and/or USATF standards. All events, whose results are to be included in the performance list, must be approved by the race walking chair or his designee in advance of the competition.
  • Pre-approved events include: Mexican Walk Week/Pan Am Cup, Tijuana, Mexico IAAF GP); European Athletics Association Walking Meeting, Dudince, Slovakia; Grand Prix Walking, Naumburg, Germany (IAAF GP).
  • The national team shall be the top 8 performers. Per race walk committee rules, up to 4 additional team members may be named.
  • The World Championships team shall be comprised of the top 3 individuals from the 2003 performance list who have met the A standard during the IAAF qualification period which began on January 1, 2002.
  • In the event that 3 individuals are not selected from the 2003 performance lists, athletes who achieved the A standard in 2002 would be named to the World Championship team in rank order of their performances in 2002.
  • If fewer than 2 athletes have achieved the A standard in 2002 and 2003, the top A or B standard performer from the 2003 performance list would be named as the sole 50k representative for the World Championships.
  • A qualified athlete may choose to compete in the 50k walk at either the IAAF World Championships or Pan American Games but not both events.
  • The Pan American Games team shall be comprised of the top 2 individuals from the 2003 performance list that have not elected to participate or are not qualified to participate in the IAAF World Championships per the above criteria.
  • All USATF and USOC support programs shall be awarded based upon rank order on the 2003 performance list (e.g. basic grants, health insurance, etc.).
Meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m.
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